One of our favorite party foods is a classic charcuterie board. Charcuterie boards are delicious appetizer choices when you want guests to be able to grab and go throughout the evening. With a charcuterie board, you can display various meats, cheeses, and jams, as well as crackers and bread. While we all love a good charcuterie board, sometimes the same-old same-old gets a little boring.
If only there were a way to switch up a charcuterie board to incorporate some new flavors. Lucky for you, there is. One of the easiest swaps you can make to your charcuterie board is switching out the meats and cheeses for fresh fruit.
This is a perfect way to swap out classic options like salami in the spring or summer and incorporate fresh new flavors. Fruit boards are also a great way to incorporate color and bright, tangy flavor into your charcuterie, no matter the celebration.
If you are looking to build the ultimate fruit board, look no further. Here at Ohza, we specialize in fun fruity flavors. We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about building the ultimate fruit board.
Before we dive right into designing the ultimate fruit charcuterie board, it’s essential to understand what a classic charcuterie board is.
Charcuterie is the standard culinary art of preparing various meats, cheeses, and sides on a prepared platter. Technically, the word “Charcuterie” in French only refers to the meats, but in popular culture, it has expanded to include all the other items you’d serve alongside them.
Charcuterie (the style of meat) was originally created out of necessity back when refrigeration was often a luxury. One of the selling points of charcuterie is its longevity, which is why it is often such a great choice for easy, low-maintenance party food.
If you are searching for grab-and-go party food, a charcuterie board may be the best option for you. Charcuterie boards are great for feeding groups of all sizes and can be designed in fun ways to cater to whatever you are celebrating.
We believe that all celebrations, great or small, are worthy of a charcuterie board. Now that we have established what charcuterie is, let’s explore some new twists on our classic favorite. With spring and summer right around the corner, it’s about time to pull fun, fruity flavors out of hibernation.
Let’s talk about creating an all-fruit charcuterie for your next party or event.
Knowing what fruits are in season can help you determine what kind of fruit to include on a charcuterie board. If you want the most vibrant, fresh fruits, sticking to fruits that are in season is the best way to go.
Here is a quick guide on what fruits are in season and when.
While most of these fruits are generally available year-round, they are often fresher in certain months. For a fall fruit charcuterie board, we recommend using:
If you are planning on making a fruit charcuterie in the wintertime, the fruits that are in season and ready for use include:
Just because everyone else is hibernating doesn’t mean your favorite fruity flavors have to as well.
Springtime is a golden age for fruit charcuterie boards, as fruit is just starting to come alive after the long winter. Our personal favorite springtime fruits are:
These are great for adding that extra pop of color to any board.
The prime time to make a fresh fruit charcuterie is summertime. Many different fruits are ripe and ready in the summer.
Some of our favorites include:
Many charcuterie lovers add dried fruits to classic meat and cheese charcuterie boards, and they’re equally fantastic on fruit charcuterie boards. Adding dried fruit helps add dimension and texture to your board.
Once you have established what fruits you’re using, it’s time to assemble your board. While there isn’t a right or wrong way to do charcuterie, we have put together some quick tips to help make your fruit charcuterie as fun as you are.
No matter what you are celebrating, a strong sense of creativity can make your charcuterie shine. Here are simple tricks to make your charcuterie stunning.
Picking the type of fruit is only half the battle. If you are looking to create a cohesive theme on your board, always start with color.
You can choose fruits of all the same colors, like reds, or opt for a mix. No matter what you decide on, keep it intentional and consistent. Color always helps brighten up any space, and your fruit charcuterie is no exception.
While this may seem pretty straightforward, cutting your fruit properly will make your charcuterie board look aesthetically pleasing.
For example, if you are slicing strawberries, you can cut the strawberries in a few different ways to achieve certain looks. You can cut them halfway down the center with the stem still on for a classic look, or get creative and carve the berry into a little rose.
No matter how you slice your fruit, just be intentional. Little details like this make a huge difference in the overall appeal of your charcuterie.
It’s cheesy, we know—but it is an important question. If you are committing to full fruit charcuterie, you can leave the cheese at home. However, adding cheese to your board may be a game-changer for you if you want more textures and flavors.
Your charcuterie board will be more aesthetically pleasing and appealing to your guests if you pack the good stuff in. Not only does this look better, but filling your board completely up, leaving no spaces will also mean you have to replenish it less. It’s a win-win for everyone.
If you want to amp up the fruity flavors of your charcuterie board, try serving it with a side of bubbly.
Consider your options when deciding which kind of sparkling wine will be the best addition to your fruit charcuterie. While you could stick with Champagne, you can mix it up even more with Ohza to incorporate some extra fruit into your next party or celebration.
Ohza is fun, fruity, and ready to go for whatever life has for you and your friends. Have your next celebration with us, and enjoy a fun twist with your charcuterie.
Curious about our other favorite choices of sparkling wines and champagnes? Read on.
Prosecco is one of the best semi-affordable sparkling wines on the market. When you are looking for straight bubbly to pair with your charcuterie, this may be our top pick. It’s bright, fruity, and pops perfectly on the tongue.
Plus, you can grab fresh peach puree and make a delicious bellini in no time when combined with your favorite kind of Prosecco—or you could just grab a can of Peach Bellini from Ohza.
One of the best parts about brunch is the lovely mimosa, and for that, you need a little Champagne. Pop open some bubbly and celebrate your fruit charcuterie in style—or grab an Ohza Mimosa that’s already raring to go.
For underaged partygoers or expecting mothers who may be attending your celebration or event, sparkling juice is a wonderful thing to have on hand. You get all the bubbles and tangy fruit flavor without any of the alcohol.
Now that you have chosen your fruit, planned your board out, and set aside your bubbly, it’s time to build your board. All your hard work and planning have led to this.
Building your board is one of the easiest but most essential parts of any charcuterie event. It’s important to be intentional with all your details. Here are some of our favorite little details.
While this isn’t a requirement, it’s definitely a nice plus when building your fruit charcuterie board. A yummy fruit dipping sauce is a great way to complete your fruit and add more texture and flavors.
One of the easiest, most delicious dipping sauces you can make is a simple whipped fruit dip. Whether your base is cream cheese, whipped cream, or something sweeter like chocolate, there are lots of options to add this fruit dip to your charcuterie board.
Another great subtle detail on a fruit charcuterie board can be in the boards themselves. Find a charcuterie board with a cute design or engraving on it. You can even change up the type of material the board is made out of, like marble, glass, or wood.
It sounds cliche, but we are being absolutely serious. Don’t take yourself too seriously when building your charcuterie board. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to make it perfect. Your board can be whatever you want it to be, and if you worry too much about making it all picture-perfect, you may miss out on a good time.
While we love making things as Instagram-worthy as possible, life isn’t always picture-perfect, and that’s ok. The bottom line is that no matter how you create or celebrate, have fun with it.
To have a wonderful fruit charcuterie board, all you need to do is pack it with your favorite fruits and spreads and explore your own creativity. You can’t mess it up, we promise!
Fruit charcuterie boards are one of the best ways to enjoy bright summery flavors year-round. They provide a new take on a classic dish and help bring fun to any party. Whether you are celebrating in May or November, a fruit charcuterie is a surefire way to spice up any event.
One of the best things about a fruit charcuterie (or really any charcuterie board) is how virtually effortless they are. You don’t need to be an award-winning chef or food connoisseur to make a bangin’ charcuterie board. Charcuterie is a wonderful way to explore flavors creatively and share your findings with people you love.
Whether you stick to a classic charcuterie packed with cheeses and meats or branch out with juicy, fruity flavors, charcuterie is one of the best ways to bring people together over a delicious shareable meal. Next time life hands you a party, pack your favorite fruits onto your finest charcuterie board and crack open a cold can of Ohza with the people who make life worth celebrating.